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Decorating Envelopes: Alcohol Transfer

Making handmade gifts for your loved ones can be a fun and rewarding process. Receiving a unique and personalized item can feel amazing and really add to a gift recipient’s holiday cheer. This tutorial is part of a DIY holiday gift idea series where we teach you different methods of using Inkjet Prints on DASS Transfer Film. Today, we will show you how to perform the alcohol transfer on an envelope.  If you haven’t tried the alcohol transfer before, it might be easier to follow along with our previous tutorial first.

Preparing the Images for Transfer: Images must be printed to DASS Transfer Film using an Inkjet Printer. Through our company, Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing, we can print your images to this film for you. Order your print today.

If you have your own inkjet printer, make sure that you flip your image horizontally before printing. If you don’t, your image will be flipped the wrong way when you transfer it. Also be sure that the ink is printed on the rough/textured side of the DASS Transfer Film. 

Alcohol Transfer to an envelope (Beginner Skill Level)

Materials Needed:

materials needed for alcohol transfer to an envelope

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film

Transfer Directions

1.Since this application does not require a brush, you can just apply the Purell with your finger. You will need to apply the hand sanitizer evenly to the surface of the envelope where you want the transfer to go. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer. Also note that with most envelopes, this transfer method will leave a water stain behind. It really depends on the envelope, so you might want to practice on different thicknesses of papers until you are happy with the result.  

Quickly position your print face down above your paper surface and once you have it lined up, lay it straight down onto the surface. Avoid rubbing the print as it can blur your image. Just make sure it has made full contact with the paper surface. 

Placing the DASS Transfer Film down onto the surface.

After letting it set for about 30 seconds, slowly begin to peel the film back at one corner. If the image has transferred to the envelope, keep removing the film. If it is still stuck to the film, press it back down. Then try again until it is ready. If it refuses to transfer, that may mean you did not apply enough Purell hand sanitizer to the surface. If this happens and your print is not damaged or unusable, apply more Purell and try again. If not, you will need to get a new print and start over. 

Removing the Transfer Film from the envelope

At this point, let your transfer dry for at least 2 hours before spraying it with a protective finish. Leaving the extra time will make sure that your image has set into the envelope and that the ink has fully dried. At first, the envelope will look dark because it is wet. Once it dries, there will most likely be a water stain left. You can come up with a creative way to make it look purposeful. You can see what we did for our envelope below.

Once you are happy with the result of the transfer, we recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray to seal it.

This is the end of the fourth tutorial in our holiday gift idea series. Be on the lookout for our next tutorial. Consider signing up to get notified when it is out! You can also see all of the posts from this series here.

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